News

Big donation is no lost cause

MAPPING THEIR WAY: Peta Hender, Biloela RSL Sub-branch president John Rathjen, Lieutenant Lizzie Beahan, Sam Steger, Mace Davis, Ryan Simkins, Jarrad Castorina, Todd Sketchley and Leona Waqa with the new compasses.
MAPPING THEIR WAY: Peta Hender, Biloela RSL Sub-branch president John Rathjen, Lieutenant Lizzie Beahan, Sam Steger, Mace Davis, Ryan Simkins, Jarrad Castorina, Todd Sketchley and Leona Waqa with the new compasses. Vanessa Jarrett

THE 124 Army Cadet Unit of Biloela are the proud owners of 20 new high-class compasses thanks to the Biloela RSL Sub-branch.

The sub-branch donated 20 Silva Expedition S4+ prismatic compasses, protectors, cases and plotting notebooks.

Sub-branch president John Rathjen said they were more than happy to help the young local cadets.

"The cadets wanted 20 so they came to us and we got it for them,” Mr Rathjen said.

Mr Rathjen explained they were good-quality compasses that totalled just shy of $4000.

"You get what you pay for,” he said.

While technology moves forward and makes old-school tools like compasses seem outdated, Mr Rathjen said they were still more than necessary.

"If you can't navigate and don't know what way is north you'll get yourself into problems,” Mr Rathjen said.

"These days people say you only need a GPS but we find some places don't have service.”

The cadets were also presented with notebooks to go with the compasses that have a graph print on the paper for plotting.

"This way you can find where you are and plot it in your compass notebook,” Mr Rathjen said.

Mr Rathjen said basic mapping and compassing skills were vital.

"If you know how to read a map and use a compass you can combine the two, it will get you out of trouble,” he said.

A bit of an expert in compasses himself, MrRathjen said these newcompasses would getthe cadets out of any trouble when out orienteering.

"For the cadets, the Silva compass is the ideal thing, they don't have the mortality rates like the other types,” he said.

"With the Silva compass, everything is there, the needle, the ruler edge.

"If you are going out, youcan set it up from whereyou are and you can decide where you want to go next.”

Officer Commanding Brendan Beahan said the new compasses were much needed.

"The unit has grown to the point we had enough cadets with enough skills and we needed some tools to give them something to do,” Mr Beahan said.

"We had all these high-skilled cadets and we didn't want to bore them with lower-level things.”

The compasses will get agood workout in three weeks when the Biloela andGladstone units hit Galloway Plains, a property near Calliope, for their major navigation exercise.

"They will definitely get put through their paces,” Mr Beahan said.

"They will cover about 20km over two days.

"The entire unit will be there, with around 80 or 90 cadets on the ground.”

Next on the wish list for the cadet unit is a base station radio.

"It is more for commanding of the unit and it will allow the kids to go further because we have better communication,” Mr Beahan said.

"I don't think that will be less than $5000 - it is an impressive piece of equipment.”

Topics:  biloela cadets biloela rsl sub-branch cadets galloway plains


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Old craft not lost on youth

John Haywood, Ben Lederhose and Harry Corfield with their blacksmithing tools.

Blacksmithing not just for the oldies

The world needs to know what happened to MH370: Grieving CQ family

Rodney and Mary Burrows were lost when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared.

"It's not only for us and those families directly affected...': Mother's hope

Single-vehicle accident

News

Single-vehicle accident

Local Partners

CQ miner's bold walk out on job to chase greener pastures

Living in Biloela and making a crust as a nitrate process technician at a Moura mine, Parish knew it was now or never

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Funnyman talks about the inspiration behind his show, The Other Guy.

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

Big Bang Theory star spills details about Season 11

Mayim Bialik plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.

MAYIM Bialik has shared some details about what fans can expect.

The Bachelor Australia: Awful joke leaves Matty stunned

Sharlene’s mouth hangs agape after her car crash breakup.

I’m actually one of the bachelorettes — I’m not the external caterer

Samsung set for bigger, beach friendly Note 8

Samsung will be going bigger than ever to launch its Note 8 after this year's launch of the S8.

Water, dust, now sand-resistant?

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

How we got a rental straight away on the Coast

Rita and David Allara, moved down from Townsville, paid three months up front rent to secure the place at flash new unit block in Kings Beach.

Genius move helps secure rental property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!